McLaren Launches New Line of Products Inspired by the MP4-12C
Just before Christmas, the British carmaker released a new line inspired by its MP4-12C sports car seriesthat includes a variety of accessories, clothing and luggage with a price to match its name…
Before you begin to make your dream list, we’ll give a few examples of what you can and cannot afford to buy from McLaren’s MP4-12C catalogue.
One of the more affordable items found on the web-store is the men’s polo t-shirt which is set at £149 (equal to US$242 or €183).
The cool looking three-piece luggage set that is tailor made to fit in the compartment of the MP4-12C costs £3,950 (US$6,400 or €4,850), while the TAG Heuer MP4-12C Watch is listed at a paltry £8,950 (US$14,500 or €11,000).
The 12C Spider features a standard, heated glass rear window, which can be operated independently of the roof and provides a more direct access to the sounds of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine mounted directly behind the cabin.
In order to save weight, McLaren avoided the fitment of “Active” pop up roll bars and instead used a steel structure positioned within each of the rear buttresses to absorb any impact and protect occupants in the event of a roll over.
Wrapping up the changes over the coupe, the Spider is offered with two specially designed bags that fit in the 52-liter storage space behind the seats, while the audio and climate systems adapt when the roof is lowered down.
The Spider is powered by the same 616hp (625PS) 3.8-litre V8 twin turbocharged engine connected to a 7-Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels asthe updated 2013MY coupe.
The open top model weighs only 88 pounds (40 kg) more than its fixed-roof sibling and is capable of completing the standard zero to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in 3.1 seconds (same as the coupe, though it’s 0.2 seconds slower in the 0-160km/h – 100mph sprint) en route to a top speed of 209mph (329km/h).
In the UK, prices start at £195,500 or £19,500 more than the coupe, with first deliveries expected in November, while in the States, the Spider has an MSRP of $265,750.
This new gallery gives us an all-around look at the new P1, which McLaren labels as a design study, but then goes on to say that it previews the final production version that will be unveiled in 2013 with the aim of going on sale within 12 months after its presentation.
Perhaps one of the first things you will notice in these new photos is the huge, retractable rear wing sitting behind the teardrop shaped roof and which was out of sight in the initial gallery.
Several parts of the body such as the central sections of the front and rear bumpers, the side sills and mirrors are made out of visible carbon fiber.
The F1’s spiritual successor is believed to be powered by a modified version of the MP4-12C’s twin-turbocharged V8, possibly connected to a Formula 1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), for a combined output that could approach the 900hp mark.
McLaren has said that its ultimate goal with the P1 is to create “the best driver’s car in the world on road and track”.